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Costco-salted caramel bark

Did you and your sister make it yet? What recipe did you use and how did it come out?

Dec 17, 2011
happy_macomb in Chains

Plate warmers

I ended up buying some inexpensive plate warmers on ebay -- just like the ones at www.platewarmer.com, but older and worked just fine!

Dec 16, 2011
happy_macomb in Cookware

where, oh where, can i find leaf lard?

I read that Ruth Reichl swears by the lard from mangalitsa pigs. It is available here, but it was too pricey for me given how little I'd use in a year: http://woolypigs.blogspot.com/2011/11...

Our local butcher has it (for me, Wagshall's in Washington DC)-- you might check with a local speciality butcher.

Nov 11, 2011
happy_macomb in General Topics

Plate warmers

All these suggestions (oven, mike, dishwasher) would work -- except that I'd like to have the plates sitting on the buffet table, and there is way too much to think about at dinner time to have to worry about replenishing hot plates (I can't remember a Thanksgiving when we didn't forget a side dish of one sort or another). Plus all those things (oven, mike, dishwasher) will be madly in use anyway. So I'd like somehting I can use on the buffet table to keep plates warm. We're not talking about more than 15 people -- that vicinity.

Nov 11, 2011
happy_macomb in Cookware

Plate warmers

Maybe I'll give in and buy it -- I just hate sacrificing the counter space.... Our counters aren't very deep. Or maybe I can find another place to park it. Hmm.

Nov 11, 2011
happy_macomb in Cookware

Plate warmers

That's interesting. I've been considering buying one because our old toaster-oven is about dead. My only reluctance is that it is so deep that it will really gobble up some needed counter space.

But I guess I could move the toaster-oven (Breville or whatever) to the buffet and plug it in and use it?

I'm still curious if anyone has tried the plate warmers that look like heating pads but with pockets for the plates....

Nov 11, 2011
happy_macomb in Cookware

Plate warmers

I'd like to find something that will keep them warm at the buffet table, so that the last person to eat (usually me!) doesn't face a cold plate. Plus usally the oven is already doing double duty.

Nov 11, 2011
happy_macomb in Cookware

Plate warmers

I'm tired of cold plates at Thanksgiving. By the time we get everything on the buffet, some of the food isn't terribly warm (we use warming plates for some, but not all, of the food -- for example, we don't keep the turkey warm because it dries out) and to put the food on cold plates compounds the problem. What do you use to warm up plates? In the past we've run hot water on them -- that works, but they cool off quickly. I've seen the plate warmers at http://www.platewarmer.com/, but I don't know if they are any good. I didn't see anything on Amazon.

Nov 11, 2011
happy_macomb in Cookware

Where to Eat on the Road to Orlando?

My family of 4 is driving to Orlando from DC. We'd love to stop at some decent places to eat en route. Any suggestions as to how I can find some?

Mar 14, 2010
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Where can I find heavy-duty pantry shelving in NoVa?

I've bought probably 6 of the Costco shelves -- I call them Bakers shelves -- and they are great. Very sturdy and well made. Cost is around $90 as I recall -- maybe a shade less.

Mar 04, 2010
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Buying Apt w/o Gas—Electric or Induction Range?

Are there times when you miss having an open flame? Roasting peppers we can do on the gas grill outside. We don't use woks, but I am wondering if I'd miss the heat of flames lapping up the side of a pan. I'm not worried about the cookware issue.

We are putting in a new stovetop and are leaning towards induction, but I am wondering if we would be unhappy if we didn't put in one small gas burner (although we don't have the space for it). We love to cook.

Jan 25, 2010
happy_macomb in Cookware

MasterCook question.

I don't know if this would help with your lost cookbook, but you might try:

http://mc6help.tripod.com/cookbook_re...

or

http://mastercook_cupboard.tripod.com/

or

://community.cookinglight.com/archive/index.php/t-102942.html

Sep 29, 2009
happy_macomb in Not About Food

sour salt

Mike: Thanks for the suggestion!

Jun 11, 2009
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

sour salt

Jason: King Arthur flour's website if you want a more sour loaf than your sour dough starter can provide, so I wanted to try it. (http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipe... "For extra-sour flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon sour salt (citric acid).") We like a really sour loaf, but just letting the dough sit out longer results in a sourness that isn't pleasant - almost a rancid taste. I really trust the King Arthur site, so I thought it was worth a try. I didn't realize that was the flavoring that terrible bakeries use. I have my own sourdough starter, and it works great.

Jun 11, 2009
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

sour salt

Does anyone know a local source of sour salt (citric acid)? I want to use it to make sour dough bread more sour. I would have thought Penzey's would carry it, but it is not in their catalog.

Jun 09, 2009
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Triple Malt Chocolate Cake

I found twodognite's CACAO NIB MALT STRACCIATELLA ICE CREAM recipe at http://www.chow.com/recipes/13545 -- sounds great!

Mar 10, 2009
happy_macomb in Recipes

Fishmonger in DC?

My absolute favorite is the fish from the Salt River Lobster truck: http://www.saltriverlobster.com/Home..... It is really fresh and very reasonable.

Mar 02, 2009
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Need a great cake

So just for fun, where would you go if you could pick the cake up?

Feb 25, 2009
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best delivery pizza in Chevy Chase? Best delivery Chinese?

Yesterday we got pizza delivered from Stromboli's and it was pretty good. Pricey, though; they charge $5 extra for roasted red peppers, and there was nothing special about them at all. We also ordered Greek salads and they were indifferent.

I'll try the Corner Slice -- thanks for the suggestion.

Feb 24, 2009
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best delivery pizza in Chevy Chase? Best delivery Chinese?

I'd love to know what the best pizza and Chinese are that can be delivered -- and anything else, for that matter. We used to use Armands, but their delivery division must have changed ownership -- it is absolutely awful. Tastes like cardboard. We don't always have a car, so takeout isn't an option. Thanks!

Feb 15, 2009
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

Best Pizza in DC Metro Area

One pizza that is not the best is Armands pizza, delivered. I used to like it reasonably well. But something has changed. We ordered two large pizzas today and they were flat out awful -- I was shocked. The sauce and cheese ended quite far from the edge, which would have been fine if the crust were tasty but it tasted like cardboard -- not even salty, let alone yeasty or olive-oily or tender or crisp. A very different quality of pizza (much worse) than they sell at their restaurants.

My favorite is still Vace's.

Feb 07, 2009
happy_macomb in Washington DC & Baltimore

What do you serve with drinks before Thanksgiving Dinner?

Rubee: What is your recipe for brie topped with cranberry sauce and baked in puff pastry?

Oct 10, 2007
happy_macomb in Home Cooking

Making truffle oil and other trufflish R&D

What is going on with Urbani? Based on other suggestions, I ordered some of their truffle oil from Amazon. But their own web site doesn't allow you to order truffle oil, for some reason, and I can't get through to them on the email address they provide. Are they going out of business?

Jan 04, 2007
happy_macomb in Home Cooking

Making truffle oil and other trufflish R&D

Just FYI, butter freezes perfectly; we do it all the time. Works great for basil butter, for example, which is wonderful on steak.

Jan 04, 2007
happy_macomb in Home Cooking

Making truffle oil and other trufflish R&D

Thanks. Sounds as if freezing in butter is the way to go, but I was hoping there was a way to make truffle oil.

Jan 03, 2007
happy_macomb in Home Cooking

Making truffle oil and other trufflish R&D

Any word on the results of your experiment?

Dec 30, 2006
happy_macomb in Home Cooking

Peppermint Bark: TJ's vs. WS

There are recipes for it all over the web -- it is very easy to make.

Dec 22, 2006
happy_macomb in Chains

Revolting Fruitcake Recipe Request, with apolgies

I do hope you post your fruitcake recipe!

Dec 17, 2006
happy_macomb in Home Cooking

where, oh where, can i find leaf lard?

Ligature: What was the source in Pennsylvania that uses hydrogenated lard from Hormel? Was it Dietrich's?

Nov 15, 2006
happy_macomb in General Topics